The Front room presents The Ballot Show
October 28thNovember 21st
Opening Reception: Thursday October 28th 79
The Front Room is proud to present The Ballot Show, with
Amanda Alic, Oscar Alzate, Daniel Aycock, Gary Baldwin, David Cohen,
Ethan Crenson, Anne Cypcar, Chris Dam, Madeline Djerejian, Mark Esper,
Doug Groupp, Sean Hemmerle, Eric Hollender, Craig Kane, Jerelyn Hanrahan,
Breuk Iverson, Jennifer Kuipers, Meghan LeBorious, John Parker, William
Powhida, Susannah Ray, Joy Robles, Jeremy Slater, Jay Soonthornsawad,
Rodger Stevens, Ruth Stringer, Leah Stuhltrager, Radek Szczesny, Kathleen
Vance, Jenny Walty, Monika Wuhrer.
Since the 2000 presidential election, when the now-infamous butterfly
ballot fiasco in Palm Beach County, Fla., put ballot design on newspapers'
front pages, there have many questions brought up about the fairness/effectiveness
of the U.S. system of ballots, polls and the electoral college. A study
carried out by USA Today and seven other newspapers in 2001 concluded
that faulty design, not punch-card machines, was responsible for voters'
confusion in Palm Beach County in 2000. Despite this finding, states
have focused their election-reform energies on upgrading old punch-card
machines to optical-scan systems or on implementing electronic voting.
They have dismissed or ignored the butterfly layout's problematic design
as an aberration.
In The Ballot Show, the artists have created work that comments
on the whole idea of voting with a ballot. The work, while often political
in nature, but not always, spans the spectrum of artistic expressions.
Through the mediums of painting, photography, sculpture, video, and
audio installations the artists have given the viewer the opportunity
to make a choice, visual or actual.
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